Hello there! I imagine that some of you have been thinking the reason about why I didn't upload a new video this Saturday. Well, the answer is here. Take a look, have fun and if you wish to watch a complete game, pick some soda, popcorns and prepare yourself for more than an hour and a half of video! Because of the video length, sometimes the video quality drops (it's bad-quality ghost attacking again, meh...), but it's only a temporary issue and it only happens occasionally. Said that, I'm sorry for the inconvenience.
For this special ocassion I'm glad to present you Scholastic's The Magic School Bus: Space Exploration Game, a sympathetic educational game developed by Novotrade and published by Sega in the US in 1995 for the Sega Genesis platform, thus being the only non-PC engine game of the collection (the other titles are for it or for Sega Pico, a childish console). This game features the retro animated series The Magic School Bus.
I'm completely sure when I say this game is unique in all sense. From start, we have a game menu full of options, like the possibility to continue the game from a previous point, a password menu that let's us go directly to a certain point of the game, and option menu that let's us play whatever music tracks or sound effect we want and a minigames section with three different types: orbiter, a clone of alleyway and some kind of aircraft game. Before starting a new game, you can choose between three different degrees of difficulty and you'll be assigned the mission to explore the Moon. Although the number of destinations is limited from start, you can unlock a lot of them after finishing the previous ones and you have the choice to return to these planets if you want. Talking about each stage, you'll find five noticeable parts or type of levels: a space trip, a space landing, an exploration mission, a puzzle game and a matching card game, each of them being completely different and having nothing to do with the others.
During the space trip, you have the obligation to "drive" the bus and evade from the possible asteroids you may find. You have also the opportunity to take photos to whichever spatial object you find and you will be rewarded for the best photos you take, you can enter in a special bonus stage featuring two of the minigames aforementioned and in addition to all of these features, you have an album of your own, which allows you to look at the picture you took before. The next one, the space landing, is a level in which you have to look for a platform in order to completely arrive in the planet or satellite. This part of the game looks like those games featuring planes, although you can't shoot anything and it looks more like a labyrinth-like game. After that, speaking about the exploration mission, you'll have the occasion to roam around, collecting balls, oxygen, fuel and also extra lifes. If all of this wasn't enough, you can also pilot space vehicles like landers and space cars, which will help you get to high platforms and quicken your progress. The remaining parts are puzzle games, the first one features a picture you have to put in order and the second one is a matching card game, in which you'll have to bind the picture with its corresponding name.
The soundtrack is one of the several special elements of this game, as it fits completely with the intended educational theme and also reforces the "space trip atmosphere". The game graphics are even better, they feature a lot of different objects, some of them are great and others make their appearance with an humorous touch. It's remarkable the hard work they put in every single puzzle, every single celestial body and also in the ones of the platform stages, which despite being a bit more simplistic in comparison and knowing that some of the graphics from Pluto were recycled from the Moon, they're excellent for a game like this one.
And finally, let's talk about the gameplay. This game shows a lot of different game modes, and that means that it has different game controls, and thus, it requires a greater work. It's true that there are another games that tend to make a mix between style, combining one kind of levels with another, and unfortunately I've seen this type of combinations make the players angry and quit gaming or have several failures. Surprisingly, this game isn't the case, as it doesn't only look after possible broken or unfair elements, but it's game controls works very well also. Therefore, they make playing different styles not a fearsome experience, but a very interesting and desirable one.
I don't know if I'm praising the game too much, but this kind of things deserve to be recognised and in my opinion, it's a must-play game for kids and an interesting game to play if you have curiosity (also, if you're a person who used to love these series, if you like space-related things or even if you're an alien, then it's perfect for you).